So you want to learn to write English? That's
great. Here are some tips that can help you on your way.
Writing can be difficult in any language, but even more so if it is
not your native language.
One of the best ways to improve your WRITING is to do much READING
Obviously, you should have some good vocabulary
and some basic understanding of the grammar
, but the next step is to READ.
It's priceless. You get to see vocabulary and grammar in
. You also see the typical collocations
Now, collocations are very important. A collocation
is a combination of words that is used together frequently. It's
actually a common phrase.
"Commit a crime" is a typical combination of words in English. You
could say "make a crime," and it wouldn't be incorrect, but many
people tend to use these words together. So "commit a crime" is a collocation
Here are some more examples of
Fully aware ("We are fully aware of the problem.")
Do homework ("I will do my homework later.")
Give a speech ("He gave a very good speech at the conference.")
There are many many collocations in English. And the better you use
them, the more natural your English becomes.
So how can you know the collocations of English? How can you write
naturally and clearly?
READ. Eventually you will get the hang of it (= know how to do it
right). You will be familiar with more vocabulary, and see more
grammar in action (how it is actually used).
That will make a world of a difference to your writing :)
you understand what you read. Check the new words in a dictionary
don't try to guess what they mean. You can read more about it at Building
Vocabulary and Some Common Mistakes
A note on LISTENING:
Listening is a good way to see the English language in action, too.
However, in many cases, it can be too difficult to follow.
Especially if there are many new words that you are unfamiliar with.
Online Writing Assessment
Learn English Online School
provides an online
to help assess your current writing level.
This short quiz can help identify common mistakes
and give you a better understanding of where you are in terms of